Rev. Sara Webb Phillips

Lead Pastor

Sara Webb Phillips is originally from West Tennessee, where she grew up on a farm. After college at the University of Tennessee at Martin, she received her M.Div. degree, and has since served in ministry for 40 years. She has been connected with seven Annual Conferences, and served in various ways: three-point circuit, college chaplain (twice), Red Bird Mission involvement, university justice and peace director, large urban church, small inner city missions, seminary Field Education, writer, and publisher.

She is married to Ed Phillips, whose relationship is the product of a Wesley Foundation romance. Ed is the Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory. Both Ed and Sara were ordained elders in the United Methodist Church in 1980. They have three daughters, Meredith (spouse Sean, and granddaughter Sara Ann), Karen, who has a lively spirit while coping with some disabilities, and Emily, a GT grad in environmental engineering.

Sara enjoys gardening, music, traveling and reading, and has loyalty to the UT Vols (football) and Duke (basketball). She also dabbles in singing and playing folk music.


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rev. candi dugas, d.min.

Pastor of Worship & Arts

This woman right here started it all, Mother Ella Mae Brown, started my coming to know G~d for myself, with her guidance of prayer and divine communion, passion for reading books, her own creativity, and understanding of integrity – things like honesty, admitting my mistakes, and always doing the best I can. It all started at her feet – and at the feet of the nuns who lived in the convent adjacent to my elementary school.   

We design bios to help people get to know us better. As the Pastor of Worship and Arts, this seems, today, to be the best introduction to who I am and what I’m about. I could list all kinds of education and experience that qualify me to do what I do here – but before all of that, what it comes down to, is what Big Mama taught me, poured into me during the most formative years of my physical life. (By the way, whom you cannot see in the picture is Granddaddy, Deacon Julius Brown, sitting next to Big Mama. Be assured that I have a whole ‘nother list of wonderful things I learned from him – LOL!) 

But … if you’d like more detail, feel free to explore my CV … or shoot me an email, would love to get to know you better as well, over coffee sometime. :-)  Thank you for taking a few moments to read a bit about me and the wonderful things we’re doing at Grace!   


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Nora Harris

Financial Assistant

Nora grew up in Roswell, Georgia. She attended Emory University and graduated with Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. She is a licensed CPA. Nora also works part time in the Finance Department of Oak Grove UMC. Nora, her husband, Jay, and their two sons live in the Oak Grove community and are members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. In her spare time Nora enjoys playing golf with her family, gardening and reading. 

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